Question of the Week
Although the revenge film has never really faded in popularity, it seems that this Spring is full of them. The Punisher
goes on a vendetta when his family is massacred; The Bride seeks vengence for the destruction of her new life in Kill Bill
; Denzel razes Mexico because a young girl is abducted in Man on Fire
, etc. Even in films that aren't strictly revenge narratives the motif of individual vengence/vendetta is constantly rearing its head: Nicole Kidman is slapped down again and again until she simply has to do something about it in Dogville
, and similar themes can be found in Spartan
and several other art house and mainstream films released within the last year. What they have in common are themes of individuals seperating themselves from the community to take on personal vendettas. This inspires my question of the week:
What isyour favorite tale of bloody revenge?
And on a more sociaoogical note, why do you think the revenge film is making a sudden come-back in the world cinema and specifically in American cinema?
As usual, this question is open to all Milk Plus members and readers. Feel free to answer the question as many times as you wish, but I ask that you do not duplicate answers, though feel free to discuss other's choices and explanations.